‘Young People, Autism and Justice Project’ in Belfast
As part of our ‘Young People, Autism and Justice’ project that was completed in 2015, there were two programmes available for young people to participate in. To be a part of these projects, young people had to:
- Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome.
- Live in the Greater Belfast area.
Skills for Staying Safe Programme:
Young People aged 8-18 years old attended a 10 week group workshop focused on developing the social and life skills needed to keep safe.
Young people who completed the programme also got the chance to complete a recognised AQA entry level qualification in personal safety, and go on a celebration trip of the groups choice.
Skills for Staying Safe Programme: Training For Trainers
The Second part of the 'Skills for Staying Safe Programme' was to roll out a regional 'Training for Trainers' Programme to equip professionals in a range of settings to facilitate 'Skills for Staying Safe' with the Young people they work with.
A number of resource manuals have been produced to equip programme facilitation.
Once participants have completed training they are then able to provide the programme to children and young people between the ages of 8-18 + in a variety of education, criminal justice, youth, and community settings. The young people are also able to receive formal Level 1 AQA accreditation in 'An Introduction to Personal Safety'.
This Training for Trainers package was funded by the Big Lottery from July 2015-June 2016. The Training Package is still available through Autism NI's Training Department. Please contact 02890 401729 option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The SELF Project: Supporting and Empowering Lives for the Future
Autism NI also supported young people aged 14-19 years old who had been in trouble with the police, or had contact with the Criminal Justice System. Through this programme, young people were supported to enable them to increase their confidence, personal life skills and self-esteem through a one to one mentoring programme. Activities and topics were based on the needs and interests of the individual young people.
These programmes were funded for three years (2012-2015) and provided the basis for much of the information on this website.